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What is Mandela Day?
Following the success of Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday celebrations in London's Hyde Park in June 2008, it was decided that there could be nothing more fitting than to celebrate Mr Mandela's birthday each year with a day dedicated to his life's work and that of his charitable organisations, and to ensure his legacy continues forever. The Mandela Day campaign message is simple - Mr Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity. All we are asking is that everyone gives 67 minutes of their time, whether it's supporting your chosen charity or serving your local community. Mandela Day is a call to action for individuals - for people everywhere - to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place, one small step at a time, just as Mr Mandela did!
United Nations Mandela Day has been officially adopted by the United Nations as "Nelson Mandela International Day". The resolution was unanimously adopted on 10 November 2009, with the support of all UN member states and co-sponsorship of over 165 members, from all regions of the world.
Nelson Mandela International Day 2014 Individuals and organisations around the globe are already participating in Mandela Day in the lead up to 18 July. 2014 is particularly symbolic as we work to honour a great statesman and make every day a Mandela Day as we mark South Africa's 20 years of democratic freedom. The themes for this year's Mandela day are education and literacy, shelter and food security, and participation through volunteerism.
What can you do for Mandela Day? Make every day a Mandela Day! You can help - the power of the individual is huge and by donating a small amount of your time you can have a huge effect on the world. Whether it is volunteering with a charity, or helping in your local community, Mandela Day is about getting out there and taking the steps to have a positive impact in the world we live in!
Lots of companies and individuals have been emailing us from all over Europe to tell us about their Mandela Day initiatives, including:
1. Arranging for St John's Ambulance to come to the office for people to donate blood;
2. Preparing "I Care" kits and packaging nicely in either shoe-boxes or zip-lock bags and donating to a hostel or refuge centre for women. These kits contain a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and shaving cream;
3. Mary (aged 4) from Edinburgh is going to help tidy her Granny's wardrobe on Mandela Day. She says "there is lots of treasure in my nannys wardrobe and it is very huge and messy".
4. Doing a "Magazine Drive" - collecting lots of magazines that staff and their friends may have in their homes, and donating to local hospital, doctors surgeries, old peoples homes. The magazines should be in great condition and not too old!
5. Arranging for the local animal rescue charity to come to the office and get people to sign up to adopt a pet, or volunteer some time to help out at a shelter;
6. Plant a Tree in the grounds of the office - a good thing for the environment;
7. Office tidy up - President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma has urged South Africans to take part in "Operation Clean Up for Madiba" campaign to commemorate Nelson Mandela Day. Having a general tidy-up, stationery amnesty and sort out is a good team building exercise and all loose change staff find in their drawers and cupboards can be donated to charity;
8. Games Hour - staff pay an entrance fee and participate in board games - chess, monopoly, ludo etc. Teams can be 2, 4 or 6 people and the winner of each game gets a small prize. Proceeds can be donated to your favourite charity;
9. Clothes donations - The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund UK will be having a clothes swapping event in September in London and are currently collecting womens clothes - items should still have the labels on, or are designer pieces (no labels required). All donations very much appreciated!
10. Tea party - one company is having a tea party where staff have to wear silly hats. Proceeds are being donated to a local charity.
11. Bake sale for charity - staff are selling to other companies in their office building with African inspired cakes!
12. 47 percent of the population of sub-Saharan Africa live on $1.25 a day or less, a principal factor in causing widespread hunger. Companies can give staff that amount, and a few days later (ie on Mandela Day) get the staff to present during the lunch hour on how they survived and what they did.
13. NMCF UK street collections, September 2014 - NMCFUK are currently asking supporters to donate 67 minutes of their time to NMCFUK during September for our London wide street collections - to register, please ask for a form via Kathi.Scott@nmcf.co.uk
14. Visit The Meat Co at Westfield Shopping Centre, Shepherds Bush, London on Mandela Day Friday 18Th July - order a Malva Pudding or treat your kids to some chicken strips and the restaurant will kindly donate Â£1 from each dish to NMCF - for more details visit www.facebook.com/TheMeatCoLondon
15. Staff at Strengths Partnership will be hitting the telephones on Mandela Day to engage their clients on CSR and volunteering in the community as part of their ongoing partnership with NMCFUK. www.strengthspartnership.com/about-us/social-responsibility
Tell us what you are doing for Mandela Day 2014! Send us an email with the details, your name and location in the UK to firstname.lastname@example.org